Deborah L. Natansohn Memorial Scholarship

The Deborah L. Natansohn Memorial Scholarship is intended to recognize an outstanding female student in the field of travel and tourism management. Before her untimely death in October 2006, Ms. Deborah L. Natansohn was a ground-breaker for executive women in the travel industry, having been named as the first female President of a cruise line, Orient Lines, in the US in 1998. At the time of her death, she was President of Seabourn Cruise Line and had guided the luxury line through one of the most successful periods in its history. Previously, as senior vice president for sales and marketing at Cunard Lines, she was instrumental in overseeing the highly acclaimed launch of the Queen Mary 2. A widely recognized leader for women in business, she was named in 2004 as Travel executive of the Year by Travel Trade Magazine, and in 2006 was honored with a Glass Ceiling Award by the Jewish Museum of Florida and named one of Florida’s top 50 women in business leaders by The Center for Leadership at Florida International University, In 2007 she was posthumously inducted into the Cruise Lines International Association of Hall of Fame. The award funding varies.

A strong believer in giving back to the community, she was the president of The Commonwealth Institute, South Florida, a peer counseling group for executive women; a member of the International Women’s Forum; and a participant in the Miami-Dade School District’s Executive P~SS program, which matches local chief executives with school principals to further the success of their schools.
Scholarships will be awarded to students who best exemplify Ms. Natansohn’s leadership spirit.

  • Must be the first generation in their family to attain a college degree (Note: Students whose siblings have attained or are pursuing a degree are eligible). To be considered first generation, parents or legal guardians must not have earned baccalaureate degrees and you should be self-reported as a First Generation student on the FAFSA
  • Must demonstrate financial need by completing FAFSA and be eligible for a Pell Grant
  • Must be a degree-seeking student at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management enrolled full time
  • Recipient must have junior or senior standing
  • Must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to female students

In addition, awardees will be called on to attend scholarship recognition/events and/or individual meeting with donor.
If selected as a recipient for this scholarship, please note the following:
Prior to disbursing your award, it is imperative that a “thank you” letter, a brief biography and an appropriate head shot be submitted via AcademicWorks.*

For questions, contact or (305) 348-0349.

Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Supplemental Questions
  1. Why have you chosen a program in the hospitality/tourism industry.
  2. How would receiving this scholarship benefit you?
  3. Did you submit a FAFSA application?
  4. Are you or will you be a first generation college graduate in your family?
  5. If awarded, are you willing to attend scholarship recognition/events and/or individual meeting with donor?